Special effects halloween tricks and tips

Make one or two of these freaky effects to quickly kick-up the horror factor for your Halloween party.  Save time and money by making with these inexpensive household items and you will be the talk of the town!


Basic Blood

3 cups corn syrup

¼ cup water

4 drops red food coloring

1 drop blue food coloring

Place corn syrup, water and food coloring in container with lid.  Cover with dishtowel to prevent spilling and shake well.  If using as a splatter, thin with water until desired consistency.

Edible Chocolate Blood

FX special effects halloween on a budget

½ cup warm water

1 tablespoon coco powder

3-4 tablespoons corn syrup

1 teaspoon red food coloring

2 drops green or yellow food coloring (optional)

Thoroughly blend cocoa powder with water, add remaining ingredients, blend well and wait for mix to rest.  Skim top of any sediments and blot with a facial tissue or soft paper towel.  As mixture rests it will naturally separate as does real blood.
Makes great blood splatter!

Fake Intestines


Fake Intestines halloween tricks and tips

4 tea bags
6 cups hot water
Cup of ice
White paper towels
White thread
¼ cup Strawberry or Raspberry jelly

Place 4 tea bags in a large bowel and add approximately 6 cups of hot water.  Let steep until the water is dark brown.  Remove the tea bags and set aside.  Add ice cubes to cool.

Unroll white paper towels to approximately 2 feet in length.  Unroll 3 times and place on top of each other to make a thicker roll.  Roll length wise to form a long tube.  To secure tube shape tie both ends with a short piece of white thread.  Make 2 tubes.  Submerge towel tubes into the tea mixture and let soak up plenty of liquid.  Squeeze out excess tea.  Place on a platter and curve back and forth to form intestines.

Break open one of the used tea bags. Spoon some of the tea grounds onto the folds of the intestines to form dark areas.  Check the color of your jelly, if it is too light blend one drop of blue food coloring to darken.  Dribble the jelly onto intestines to form pockets of blood.